Food and Health ministers agree on policy guidelines for caffeine regulation
June 30, 2014

Food and Health ministers agree on policy guidelines for caffeine regulation Australia’s health and food regulation ministers have endorsed the revised Policy Guideline on the Regulatory Management of Caffeine in the Food Supply, after consultation with industry, public health and consumer groups. The revised Policy Guideline was signed off as part of a meeting of the Legislative and Governance Forum of Food Regulation which took place in Sydney late last week. The Forum consists of all Australian... ...Read more »

Proposal to allow production and sale of raw milk products in Australia
December 9, 2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposal that will permit production and sale of an increased range of raw milk products in Australia. FSANZ said that, if approved, the proposal would see requirements for raw milk products introduced into the Food Standards Code. “Under the current Food Standards Code only certain types of raw milk products (hard to very hard cooked curd cheeses) are permitted and permissions for other types of products can be granted... ...Read more »

Australian consumers warned: US FDA investigates dietary supplement for hepatitis outbreak
October 28, 2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has alerted consumers to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into dietary supplements labelled OxyELITE Pro. FSANZ has advised consumers not to use OxyELITE Pro supplements because they are potentially linked to an outbreak of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii. Australian health authorities have been alerted to be on the lookout for acute cases of non-viral hepatitis. Acute non-viral hepatitis is damage to liver cells from any cause... ...Read more »

More than a quarter of Americans eat gluten-free foods to ‘help lose weight’
October 16, 2013

The popularity of gluten-free foods shows no signs of slowing down, with consumers in the US who are not gluten-intolerant also buying wheat-free products, according to new findings from global market research organisation Mintel. Mintel found that as many as 65 per cent of consumers in the US who eat or used to eat gluten-free foods did so because they think the products are healthier, and 27 per cent eat them because they feel the products aid in weight loss efforts. “It’s really interesting... ...Read more »

FSANZ asks for feedback on GM lucerne application
October 14, 2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has invite submissions on an application to change the Food Standards Code to allow food derived from genetically modified lucerne. FSANZ said it had assessed the application from Monsanto Australia to allow food derived from lucerne genetically modified to have reduced levels of lignin. In its application to FSANZ, Monsanto Australia said that as lucerne grows and forage biomass increases, the quality of conventional lucerne begins to decrease rapidly... ...Read more »

FSANZ proposes national standard for meat production and processing
October 9, 2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposed primary production and processing standard for meat in Australia. The proposed standard provides a national “whole of chain” approach to food safety and regulation of meat products, according to FSANZ. “The standard recognises that existing State and Territory laws already cover things such as animal feed and water, traceability and processing activities,” said Steve McCutcheon, FSANZ Chief Executive Officer. “What... ...Read more »

FSANZ propose amendment of minimum age labelling on infant foods
October 2, 2013

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposal to amend minimum age labelling requirements for infant foods from “four months” to “around six months”. FSANZ said the proposed change would align the Food Standards Code with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and New Zealand infant feeding guidelines. “A shortened form of the current warning statement of ‘not before four months’ will continue to reflect the recommendation that solid... ...Read more »

FoodLegal symposium: update on Health Claims Substantiation and Enforcement
September 26, 2013

How do we show evidence for health claims in food? How are the standards implemented? What happens when a food claim is investigated by government regulators? These questions and many others will be answered at the upcoming FoodLegal half-day symposium in Sydney on the morning of Tuesday 12 November 2013. This symposium will provide the latest updates on Food Health Claims Substantiation and Enforcement Issues, with top speakers from key Australian Government agencies. Readers are invited to register... ...Read more »

Government seeks submissions on possible changes to Australia’s caffeine policy guidelines
September 4, 2013

Australia’s Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) has invited public submissions on a Food Regulation Policy Options Paper for formulating policy guidelines on the regulation of caffeine in food in Australia and New Zealand. The FRSC is responsible for providing food regulation policy advice to Australian Federal and State Government as well as the New Zealand government. The purpose of the Food Regulation Policy Options Paper is to establish if the earlier 2003 “Ministerial Council Policy... ...Read more »

Register for FoodLegal Health Claims Standard Sydney workshop
August 12, 2013

Leading food compliance consultants FoodLegal are still taking registrations for their upcoming Health Claims Standard half day intensive workshop to be run in Sydney on 22 August 2013. In January 2013, a new Health Claims Standard was introduced into the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The FoodLegal workshop explains how the new standard operates and how to approach the issues now and in the future. Workshop details Date: 22 August 2013 Time: 8.45am – 1pm Location: The Menzies Hotel,... ...Read more »

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